This is my promised Sicko post and I want to acknowledge that it is several days overdue as a result of the Bob Rae event I attended in Victoria last Wednesday. Unfortunately I thought it would be OK to arrive late at the movie theatre because on a previous day, on another blog, I read that a blogger had attended a showing of Sicko and it was not that busy. Mistakenly I assumed arriving at the last minute would work out fine. As a result we had trouble finding seats.
I really enjoyed this movie and it is my favourite Moore movie to date. There was a lot of laughter from the audience and I sat through most of the movie in disbelief and sudden deep worry about the push towards privatizing Canadian health care from the many levels of governments across Canada. The entire audience clapped at the end of the movie and I can’t remember when or if I have heard a movie audience do that before. I thought the www.hook-a canuck.com website was funny and kind of cute.
As we left the theatre, we were greeted at the exit by The South Island Health Coalition (and seniors working to maintain and improve our universal health care system). We immediately decided to become members of SIHC. I really enjoyed the informative “health care decoder section” on the pamphlet I received, which I am including with this blog post,
Problem: Health care is a human right and access should be based on need not ability to pay. In US over 46 million citizens (more people than all of the citizens of Canada) have no heath care insurance and care.
(This is the only area I am not 100 percent in agreement on because I think a P3 concept might work if government contracted transparently with individuals (e.g Doctor’s) as opposed to corporations with money hungry shareholders. E.g. BC bonuses for efficient physician management of waitlists.)
Problem: Once foreign insurers are inside the walls of the Canadian heath system, international trade treaties will give them weapons to fight any government to displace them or even control their market share.
Please visit the above group(s) and take out a membership. You only pay if you can afford it.